Saturday, 27 July 2019

National Institute of Technology - Tiruchirappalli XV Convocation

National Institute of Technology – Tiruchirappalli organised its XV  convocation on 27th July 2019 at Golden Jubilee Convention Hall. The  convocation is a ceremonial rite of passage marking a new and  
significant transition in students' career. Professor Subra Suresh, the President of Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU)  was invited as the chief guest to grace this occasion.

Board of Governors and chairpersons inaugurated the convocation. Then,  Dr. Mini Shaji Thomas, the Director of NIT, Tiruchirappalli welcomed  the gathering and greeted the graduands receiving the degree and felt  
honoured in welcoming the chief guest Professor Subra Suresh. She was  delighted in enumerating the accomplishments of NIT-Trichy, retaining  the first position among other NITs, achieving 10th position with  
regard to Engineering, 7th best in Architecture and 17th best in  Management schools across the country and highest number of  publications in SCOPUS and Web of Science indexed journals. In  addition, she listed the initiatives of NIT-T say, collaboration with  ISRO, establishment of Space Technology Incubation Centre (S-TIC), the  only NIT to organize Leadership for Academicians Program (LEAP) in  collaboration with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and  the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Chittoor, the Runner  
up prize at the Indo- Singapore Hackathon 2018. She felt proud in  declaring the selection of NIT-T as the nodal centre for conducting  the Smart India Hackathon 2019 Hardware & Software Editions and  
coordinating Institute for CSAB (Central Seat Allocation Board) 2019.  Besides, she proclaimed that NIT-T ranked third among the Centrally  funded Technical Institutions in Swachh Campus Ranking and had  
introduced solar rooftop systems, biogas plant, food court,  greenhouse, supermarket to augment its resources. In addition, she  mentioned that Dr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, former Deputy Chairman of  
Planning Commission of India inaugurated ‘CAPSTONE’, the new Training  and Placement building. Besides these achievements, she announced the  commencement of M.Sc. in Mathematics, M.A. programme in English  
Language and Literature in the pipeline, new M.Tech. programmes in the  emerging areas, and a unique course on Business for Engineers and  Entrepreneurs. She stated that NIT-T as a socially responsible  
institution collaborated with Indian Institute of Food Processing  Technology, Tanjavur and developed prototype solar-assisted cold  storage facility which can preserve vegetable and fruits without  
expending electrical power. She enunciated that, with an aim to expand  the global footprint and to reshape as a cosmopolitan institution of  the 21st century, NIT Trichy established a functional office of  
Alumni-Institute Interaction Cell and the 1978 batch positively  responded with 53 lakhs and the 1986 batch committed with 50 lakhs.  She pledged that the NIT-T mantras for the next few years would be  
internationalization, interdisciplinarity and multiversity.

On Congratulating the graduates, the chief guest Dr. Subra Suresh  communicated the possible consequences of technology poised to shape  this world and the opportunities and challenges that NIT-T graduates  
need to face the avenues of technological influence impacting India in  the global society.  In the perspective of Industry 4.0, he emphasized  the need for a purposeful life that builds on a University education.  
The unique convergence of the digital, physical and biological worlds  had created technological advances that are expected to transform the  daily lives of ordinary citizens around the globe, at an unprecedented  
and ever-accelerating pace in this era of the fourth industrial  revolution. So, he called for a meaningful contribution from the  graduates of NIT- Tiruchirappalli taking a humanistic perspective in  
this digital era.  He added that they are positioned to maximize the  benefits of technology, minimizing the deleterious effects apart from  engaging in their professional and personal lives.  The talented and  
well-trained graduates can make it happen and ensure that the new  opportunities afforded by Industry 4.0 are carefully balanced with the  human conditions, in the diverse geopolitical and cultural landscape  
of India.
Director, NIT-Trichy conferred the degrees to 1721 graduates  comprising 51 B.Arch., 812 B.Tech., 18 M.Arch.,468 M.Tech., 77 MSc, 89  MCA, 85 MBA, 23 M.S. (by research) students and 98 doctorates. This  
was the highest number attained by NIT-Trichy so for. The pretigious  
President’s Medal for overall highest CGPA of 9.94 was received by  Rupesh Gupta of B. Tech, Electronics and Communication Engineering.  Institute medals were received by 9 B.Tech., 1 B.Arch., 21 M.Tech., 1  
M. Arch., 4 MSc., 1 MCA and 1 MBA graduands. The first batch of MTech 
Data Analytics graduated this year. Adding a feather to the cap, the  students of NIT-T accomplished notable fellowships say, 4 Cargill  Fellowships, 12 DAAD, 6 MITACS and SN Bose, 34 Deity Scholars and 55  
MITACS. She mentioned that these are the first batch graduated through  the flexible curriculum and more than 500 students received minor  degrees for the first time.

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